Hillsborough families ready for independent panel findings
The families of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster will today discover the contents of thousands of previously unseen documents detailing the tragedy.
The Hillsborough Independent Panel – set up in 2010 and including experts in the fields of law, medicine, media and policing – has examined more than 400,000 pages of accounts from over 80 organizations relating to the crush that took place in Sheffield on April 15, 1989 and will disclose a 400-page report to the families of the deceased.
In what is set to be an emotional day, the findings of the panel could shed new light on what many believe to be a twisted account that originally laid the blame with Liverpool supporters.
Labour MP, Andy Burnham has been one of the leading protagonists in the push for answers and has stood as the political figurehead for the investigation into the various errors alleged to have been made.
Many of the victim’s families have refused to accept a verdict of accidental death, citing mistakes made by South Yorkshire Police as contributors to the tragedy. Coroner, Dr Stefan Popper infamously declared 15:15 BST as the time by which the victims would have died, and Hillsborough itself did not possess the required stadium safety certificate.
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said: “The importance of this day cannot be underestimated, as it will trigger the start of a process which will hopefully lead to justice for everyone affected by the tragedy.”
The hope is that the inquest will provide enough evidence to overturn the accidental death verdicts for all 96 victims and lead to an official apology from the Prime Minister David Cameron on behalf of the Conservative Government.
A two-minute silence will be observed in Liverpool at 15:06 BST – the time the FA Cup semifinal between the Anfield club and Nottingham Forest was halted, before a one hour vigil beginning at 18:00 BST takes place at the city’s St George’s Plateau.
The disclosed documents will be made available to the wider public at a later date.